An Anime Shopping District in the City of Anime?! The Asagaya Anime Street Finally Opens!

When you hear of a city deeply connected to anime, what city do you think of? Whether it be Akihabara - the otaku paradise, or Ikebukuro which has been flourishing with female otaku lately, or Nagano where one can find rare anime goods, there are many cities in Tokyo that are deeply connected to anime.

Interview with Anison Singer Gero

Anime songs (anison) from Japan are currently highly popular overseas, with anison singers frequently holding concerts and events. Among these anison singers, one who is picking up considerable attention is Gero.

Figure Manufacturer Kotobukiya: The Quest for the Ideal Figure [2/3]

We give you an exclusive look at the design department of one of Japan’s foremost figure makers, Kotobukiya!

Focus: The Pullip Doll Series Keeps Getting Cuter and Cuter!

Fans are increasing all over the world! But, what kind of doll is a Pullip?

Interview: Otaku Artist Shoko Nakagawa [2/2]

“Anison is a righteous magic that crosses borders and makes people smile in an instant.” - Shoko Nakagawa

Figure Manufacturer Kotobukiya: Spreading Figures from Tachikawa to Japan and the World [1/3]

Infiltrating the offices of renowned Japanese figure manufacturer Kotobukiya!

Interview: Otaku Artist Shoko Nakagawa [1/2]

“The current age of otaku culture is a lucky time.” - Shoko Nakagawa

Popular Cosplay Idol Alodia Appears in TV Commercial Commemorating the Release of *Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd*

A new TV commercial created to commemorate the release of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, a rhythm-action game that features Vocaloid Hatsune Miku, has created a huge stir.

One Piece, MadoMagi, and Even Kan Colle - Curtain Damashii Sends Ita-Curtains to the World

For otaku who like anime, manga, and games, their home, in particular their bedroom, is a private space where they can showcase the full extent of their fandom through a carefully selected and arranged collection of figures, manga, games, and other otaku goods...

A Party is Held in Japan to Celebrate the Broadcast of TV Anime *Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles*

PVs for the opening and ending theme songs, a special screening of a PV of the upcoming live-action movie, and more!

*The Bride’s Stories* Wins Cartoon Grand Prize 2014

On March 27, the award ceremony was held for the Cartoon Grand Prize, for which recommended works from 2013 are chosen from different categories by mainly bookstore employees. Winning the Grand Prize this year was Kaoru Mori’s manga The Bride’s Stories.

It’s April Fools’ Day! Even Japan is Getting into the Spirit with Wild Pranks!

Let’s look at how otaku in Japan celebrate April Fools’ Day!

Fans Gather in LA for *Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster* Launch Event Attended by Producer Yoshinori Kitase and Art Director Yusuke Naora!

On March 15, 2014, representatives from Square Enix held an unprecedented event in a Los Angeles art gallery to celebrate the North American release of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster.

*Kill la Kill* Collaborates with an Original Maid Cafe! Kill la Kill Cafe Opens in Akihabara!

The popular anime is collaborating with the first maid cafe, Cure Maid Cafe. The collaborative cafe, titled Kill la Kill Cafe, is open now until April 6 (Sun).

*Psycho-Pass* Project Begins!

A “new edited version” of Season 1 will be broadcast on Noitamina in July! Psycho-Pass 2 will begin in October! And this winter, Psycho-Pass the Movie will have a countrywide roadshow release!

Preview of the New "Fairy Tail" Anime [Scheduled for April 2014]

Fairy Tail is scheduled to make it's return on April 5, 2014. With that being said, the official Fairy Tail site, FairyTail-TV.com, recently showcased a brand new preview of the anime.

PlayStation Vita *Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd* Launch Project Commences

Dance to the opening theme “Decorator” in sync with the in-game action! "Dance with PS Vita" video encourages players to dance along with Hatsune Miku!

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Jan. 9, 2014 07:0016

Movie Version of Wake Up, Girls! to Finally Release! TV Anime to Simultaneously Start

Movie Version of Wake Up, Girls! to Finally Release! TV Anime to Simultaneously Start

Wake Up, Girls! depicts a success story of seven young girls who all dream of becoming top idols and band together to inch their way closer to achieving their dreams.

Jan. 9, 2014 03:3932

A Very Touching FINAL FANTASY Commercial

A Very Touching FINAL FANTASY Commercial

FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster for the PS Vita was released in Japan on Dec. 26, 2013. It will be released in North America and Europe in March 2014.

Jan. 9, 2014 01:009

LiSA Chosen as Opening Theme Artist for The Irregular at Magic High School!

LiSA Chosen as Opening Theme Artist for The Irregular at Magic High School!

LiSA has been chosen as the opening theme artist for the anime The Irregular at Magic High School which will begin broadcasting in April.

Jan. 8, 2014 13:001

MangaPolo - Video Introduction to the Demon King Piccolo Arc of Dragon Ball!

MangaPolo - Video Introduction to the Demon King Piccolo Arc of Dragon Ball!

MangaPolo, much like the global explorer Marco Polo, is on a mission to go to the "land of manga" to share its beauty with the Internet users of the world. Through its YouTube channel, MangaPolo distributes various videos related to manga.

Jan. 8, 2014 01:0018

2014 Japanese Game Releases Everyone Will Want to Get Their Hands On!

2014 Japanese Game Releases Everyone Will Want to Get Their Hands On!

Here’s our selection of 10 highly anticipated Japanese game titles for 2014!

Jan. 8, 2014 00:213

Sailor Moon: Complete Edition Volumes 3 and 4 Release, Front Covers Are of Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter

Sailor Moon: Complete Edition Volumes 3 and 4 Release, Front Covers Are of Sailor Mars and Sailor Jupiter

Volumes 3 and 4 of Sailor Moon: Complete Edition have been released.

Jan. 7, 2014 13:001

MangaPolo - Video Introduction to the Red Ribbon Army Arc of Dragon Ball!

MangaPolo - Video Introduction to the Red Ribbon Army Arc of Dragon Ball!

MangaPolo, much like the global explorer Marco Polo, is on a mission to go to the "land of manga" to share its beauty with the Internet users of the world. Through its YouTube channel, MangaPolo distributes various videos related to manga.

Jan. 7, 2014 09:5130

Alodia's Tokyo Life #1: I’ve Come to Tokyo!

Alodia's Tokyo Life #1: I’ve Come to Tokyo!

Alodia, a popular cosplayer from the Philippines who has tremendous worldwide support, is now living in Tokyo and reporting her daily life on Tokyo Otaku Mode! You definitely don’t want to miss this!

Jan. 7, 2014 00:576

Gearing Up for Season 2: A Look Back at the First Season of Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea (Part 3)

Gearing Up for Season 2: A Look Back at the First Season of Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea (Part 3)

Looking toward Season 2: A story in between fantasy and romance.

Jan. 6, 2014 14:0012

Fans Gather to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Well-Known Light Novel Label Dengeki Bunko! Huge Dengeki Bunko Winter Exhibit Event Report

Fans Gather to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Well-Known Light Novel Label Dengeki Bunko! Huge Dengeki Bunko Winter Exhibit Event Report

Beginning in the morning on Dec. 28 (Sat), the area around Bellesalle Akihabara was crowded with people. The reason for the crowds was the event Huge Dengeki Bunko Winter Exhibit that was held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the major light novel label Dengeki Bunko.

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